Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Carlos R. Fernandez-Guzman and Jose M. Hevia to the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority. Fernandez-Guzman, 55, of Miami Lakes, has been the president of Pacific National Bank since 2010. Previously, he was a senior executive vice president with BankUnited F.S.B from 2003 to 2010. He has been a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce since 1983 and previously served as chairman of its board of directors. Fernandez-Guzman has also served as co-chairman of the Graduate Finance Program and has been a member of the DeanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Council at Florida International University since 2004.
Sporting a Santa hat and red jacket, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan played the role of Saint Nick when she delivered hundreds of toys to children at two Head Start Centers in Miami Gardens. Recently, Commissioner Jordan brought smiles to the faces of 2-5 year olds at the Ophelia Brown and Miami Gardens Head Start Centers in District 1. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe sometimes take for granted the number of children who donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t have a Christmas tree, let alone any toys to go underneath that tree,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Commissioner Jordan. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIn this economy, families are struggling to put food on the table. That is their primary responsibility. Toys are now secondary.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Cricket Hall of Fame for his efforts to support and promote the sport in South Florida. The Rev. Ouida McDonald, a Florida member of the Cricket Hall of Fame, presented the Commissioner with the certificate during the Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 13. "This certificate was brought to Broward County by Michael Chambers, the director of the Cricket Hall of Fame on his first visit to our Cricket Stadium," said Rev. McDonald. "The high level of this competitive sport has brought many history breaking events to our Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, which is the first in the USA."
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, right, helped President and CEO Annie Neasman, left, to inaugurate the new Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC), 5607 N.W. 27 Ave., Miami on December 15, 2011. The center was incorporated in 1967, as the Economic Opportunity Family Health Center and began providing services from a trailer in the Model City area of Miami-Dade County, as shown in the black and white photo.